Monday, December 28, 2015

Shabby Chic Inspiration and Possibilities

Last month we made the 5.5 hour drive to visit my parents for Thanksgiving.  My mom and I managed to sneak away for a few hours and shop a handful of thrift stores she had been telling me about.  One of these stores had recently received a large donation of fabrics leftover from an older upholstery shop that had closed.  My mom and I pulled out the prettiest pastel bolts of fabric, studied each of them in the dim light and made our selections.

My husband was a bit flustered when I came back to the house and asked if we had enough room in the car to bring home a few extra purchases.  With 3 kids and a dog on our journey, the vehicle was already quite packed.  

"What did you buy?" he grumbled.  

"Just some fabric," I responded.

"Oh, well...we probably have room for some fabric."

And then he saw the 7 large bolts of decorator fabric I had just bought.  

No way were they going to fit, at least not without making the already cramped quarters even more uncomfortable for everyone.

And so, all of my beautiful fabric purchases had to stay with mom and dad until this last week when they came to visit us for Christmas!  Unloading all of my pretty fabric from my parent's car was like getting a big bonus Christmas gift!

Now, you ask...what will I do with all of this fabric?  

I honestly don't know.  I haven't gotten that far yet.


My mom and dad brought me another Christmas gift.  This one was wrapped up with a bow and everything.  I shared on Facebook and Instagram today that I was embarrassed to admit that my Rachel Ashwell library was incomplete, up until this week.  These titles have been on my wish list for a very long time.  I fell in love with Shabby Chic 14 years ago when my husband and I were just married and bought our first house.  Rachel Ashwell's style drew me in right away and it was like I had found my own personal style while studying the beautiful photographs in her books.  

I have spent every free moment of the past few days reading my new books and staring at each and every photo.

After having been so consumed and wrapped up in Christmas, I don't have the usual feeling of sadness now that it's over.  I think it might have something to do with the inspiration I have gained from my new books, and the anticipation of future projects as I glance over my stockpile of fabrics!  In that same light, a brand new year begins in just a few short days.  A new year sure to be filled with so many new ideas, inspiration and possibilities!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Best Wishes and Blessings,

Sharing With:
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